Sometime last summer I purchased McCall’s 7093 when it was on supersale. To be honest, I bought it because it was on supersale. I liked the shape of the top, but I really liked the $1.99 price. Then at the beginning of this year, McCall’s 7093 made Pattern Review’s “Best of 2015” list, and I thought to myself, “Wow, I have such good taste in patterns!”
This past week I decided to give it a go, but I was kind of worried about the drapey, no-waist shape. Sometimes this shape is not so good on me. Before using good fabric on a pattern that might turn out to be a bust, I made a muslin-ish version. Now, this pattern is for wovens, but I wanted to use a knit. So I pulled out some scraps and made version 1.
I cut a size 14 based on my hip measurements, but this ended up being too big in a knit. I also realized that I didn’t like the 3/4 length on the sleeves. They ended up looking like full-length sleeves that I cut too short. I added the bands on this version to see if I could save the sleeves. I’m not sure what I think.
On version 2, I cut a size 12 and lengthened the sleeves. I also used a standard knit neckband.
The 12 was better size-wise, but it still seemed a little big. I used scuba knit on this version. The solid came from fabric.com and the print from Mood. Since I was using some Mood fabric, I decided to use one of my Mood labels.
I love that they send one of these labels with each order. Ingenious!!
Now for version 3 I wanted to use sweatshirt material and add an overlay. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any sweatshirt material and ordering online would mean that I had to wait for it to be shipped. I was not feeling patient, so I drove an hour away to visit our nearest JoAnn’s. But no dice. They had plenty of fleece, but no sweatshirt material. I was bummed–I really was set on making this top ASAP. On my way home, I stopped at a Goodwill store. I was thinking that maybe I could find a few sweatshirts to repurpose. Well, I got pretty lucky. Goodwill has started carrying Target surplus and I found 3 men’s sweatshirts that had never been worn:
I scooped them up and drove home to cut them up. The sweatshirt would be the base and the overlay would be a piece of stretch lace that I bought on clearance at Golden D’Or Fabrics.
I saved the ribbing on the sweatshirts to use for the neckband and sleeve cuffs and here’s the result:
Here’s the back:
I really love this top!! I want to buy more sweatshirt material and stretch lace and make more!! More is more, right?